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Published: 24 March 2011

208 Pages


ISBN: 9780199756933

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Savoring Disgust

The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics

Carolyn Korsmeyer

  • This book is a fresh approach to the old problem of why emotions that are considered "negative" when experienced in practical life are often valued and sought after in art.
  • The author employs contemporary emotion theory to illuminate the role that disgust can play as an aesthetic response.
  • This book demonstrates that disgust can take many forms, from subtle and slight to extreme and revolting.
  • Recent philosophical theory has revived interest in sense experience. This book pursues the artistic uses of the so-called "lower" senses by examining disgust, an emotion accompanied by a palpable physical response.

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